Create Meaningful Memories With These 7 Fun Family Bonding Activities

Guest Blogger, Jordan Smith

Life is busy. From work and school to sports practices, dance recitals and school plays, it seems like there is never enough time to just enjoy being a family. While these day-to-day activities are important for families, they don’t always provide the bonding experiences parents — and kids — so badly crave.

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Immersing into The Child Life Field Through an International Practicum with Child Life United

As the child life profession expands into new settings, roles, and communities, it is also hitting a few roadblocks. Currently there is a surplus of excited students eager to start their career as a Certified Child Life Specialist, but they are finding it extremely challenging to obtain an internship spot because there just aren’t enough available. Some child life sites are also requiring a child life practicum to be completed before they will consider a candidate for their internship program. It’s another bump in the road for students.

So some students are going the route of fulfilling a practicum to gain knowledge and experience that will hopefully help advance them.

I’m thrilled to introduce a unique type of child life practicum from Child life United.

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Guest Blogger, Courtney Moreland, Founder and Director of Child Life United

Child Life United has partnered with organizations all over the world to offer aspiring child life specialists’ international practicums. All Child Life United practicums will follow the Recommended Standards as set forth by the Association of Child Life Professionals.

The child life practicum is designed as an introductory experience for individuals interested in pursuing a career in child life. Through experiential learning and observation of Certified Child Life Specialists, child life practicum students begin to increase their knowledge of basic child life skills related to play, developmental assessment, and integration of child life theory into interventions with infants, children, youth and families. Child life practicum students will increase their comfort level by interacting with infants, children, youth, and families in stressful situations, health care settings and/or in programs designed for special needs populations.  Through these experiences, child life practicum students will enhance their knowledge of the child life profession and investigate the process of applying child life and developmental theory to practice.

Click here to apply for a future abroad practicum.

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Child Life United just completed a practicum in the Philippines. It provided five child life students an educational experience in three different cities. Here is what they have to say about it,

“I have learned and gained so much this international practicum. I have been exposed to the reality in which people live through my interactions with children and parents. I have realized that the practice of child life is more than guidelines from textbooks or theories. It involves being present and supportive, not only for the children, but for the parents who are essentially going through the worst times of their lives.” Jasmine M.

“Playing with children who spoke limited to no English was challenging at first, but gradually I learned how to communicate and understand what they wanted just by listening and observing their body language. I am still in awe of how many children I saw during my travel (hospital patients, well sheltered, street children) and getting a small peep hole look into what their lifestyle looks like from the outside in.” Michele F.

Child Life United also offers remote internship supervision, program development, consulting, and international volunteering.

Click here to learn more about Child Life United and be sure to follow on Facebook, and Instagram.

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Family Winter Vacations: 5 Fun Ideas to Escape the Cold

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Guest Blogger, Lizzie Weakley

Beating the cold weather months can be done by taking a holiday trip to a sunny destination. Exciting venues are offered all over the United States that feature family-friendly activities and premium outdoor adventures. For people who love warm water and warm rays, taking a winter trip to a tropical location is just the right remedy for the winter temperatures.

Experience Year-Round Sunshine in Beautiful Hawaii

Tropical beaches and beautiful mountain ranges in Hawaii beckon to people who love to have fun in the sun. This state has five primary islands, and it also is home to some of the nation’s best golf courses and sightseeing adventures. Helicopter and boat tours make it possible for visitors to take in Hawaii’s most famous landmarks, and there’s a multitude of dining and resort options available.

Visit Warm and Thrilling Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach, FL is among one of the warmest vacation destinations for the United States in the winter months. People who love watersports, jet skis, and swimming with the dolphins will find this is an ideal destination for a holiday trip. Parasailing adventures and boat rentals may be found at FUNPCB while Pier Park provides beautiful walkways and shopping and culinary delights.

San Diego Offers Something for the Entire Family

Averaging in the high 60 temperatures, San Diego provides for comfortable weather and a multitude of things to do during the cold months. The San Diego Zoo offers a safari park, an animal conservancy, and features thousands of exotic creatures. The beaches of this city also are great for mingling with the locals, taking time to surf, or to explore the rambling Riverwalk.

San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf Is a Memorable Experience

One of California’s most celebrated waterfronts, San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf is filled with fun and interesting options. This is a photographer lover’s dream and a romantic area for couples to visit. The Wharf is filled with culture, music, food, sights and sounds, and pier-side hotels.

Consider Winter Rentals at Padre Island, Texas

Soaking up the sun is easy to do in warm and breezy Padre Island, TX. This is becoming an increasingly popular destination for September through March as people seek to escape the winter weather. This destination features nature trails, sea turtle conservation programs, boating opportunities, and the Schlitterbahn Waterpark.

Getting away from the freezing temperatures can be a fun way to spend a holiday or to take a trip while the kids are on school break. With numerous sunny destinations available, choosing the right location is all that is left to do.